- Artist: Chocolate Seastorm
- Format: CD
- Release Date:5/25/2004
On their first studio release, Chocolate Seastorm, featuring the richly voiced Alanna Vicente, create a soulful, retro-infused brand of pop and rock that bears their distinctive brand of fun and attitude. Produced by songwriter and band member, Dave Merenda ('I Will Remember You', Sarah McLachlan), 'dive in' presents a slightly more sophisticated sound from their live shows but doesn't lose the element of fun and whimsy. A little punchier and a bit more rockin' here and there, but no less a classic. Release features some long lost covers of songs from the 40's through the 60's. The classic 'As Time Goes By' from Casablanca winds up sounding fresh and new with a punk spin. 'Whatever Lola Wants', a Sarah Vaughn hit from Damn Yankees features a terrific trombone solo along with Alanna's lilting vocals. Dave Merenda, known for his huge hit, 'I Will Remember You', comes up with a collection of melodic heartfelt songs that are accessible and sincere. 'Alone' is saturated with raw emotion and the chimey guitar pulls one through to the solo that features Alanna and Dave whistling in harmony. Merenda's song, 'Come On' blends electronic Latin beats with a strong pop sensibility. With an eclectic mix of instruments, Merenda blends harmony and melody seamlessly across the board. When was the last time you heard a trio with trombone, acoustic and electric guitars, B3 organ, Fender Rhodes and even whistling! Chocolate Seastorm blends whimsy, pleasure and sophistication and make for a very enjoyable listening experience. CHOCOLATE SEASTORM IS: ALANNA VICENTE: vocals, bass, trombone, whistling DAVE MERENDA: bg vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, organ, keyboards, trombone, whistling CATHY MERENDA: drums, baked goods PRODUCED BY DAVE MERENDA.
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